Biography and Memoir

Sometimes the best inspiration for your own life comes from reading about the lives of others.  You could follow Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court, fight for civil rights like Malcolm X or chart your own path to fame and glory.  Whatever experiences your own life brings, the real life characters in these books are sure to provide inspiration and adventure.

Honor Girl

Fifteen year old Maggie has spent every year of her life at a summer camp for girls. Everyone at Camp Bellflower wears a uniform, and plays along with the the hokey traditions.  It has been the site of many of Maggie’s best childhood memories for the friends she’s made and because it’s comfortable and predictable.  But all that changes after a budding relationship with an older camper throws everything into a new perspective. Now Maggie must struggle with new feelings about who she is and what she wants from life and love against the back-drop of her home away from home.


Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at “pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here,”Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.

Some Assembly Required:the Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

Navigating high school is tough in the best of circumstances, imagine trying to keep your school work and social life on track while undergoing gender reassignment. This one of a kind memoir is about finding self acceptance and making your life into what you want it to be.

Taking Flight From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her life in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, one of the most recognized scientists in the Western world, became internationally famous because of her ability to observe and connect with another species. A girl of humble beginnings and training, she made scientific breakthroughs thought impossible by more experienced field observers when she was only in her twenties. Then these animals shaped Jane’s life: she began tirelessly fighting to protect the environment so that chimpanzees and other animals will continue have a place and a future on our planet.

X: A Novel

Based on actual events in the life of Malcolm X, this novel sheds new light on the formative years of the human-rights leader whose words and actions challenged the mainstream civil rights movement and the nonviolent pursuit of integration championed by Martin Luther King Jr. Includes author’s note and historical background material.